Wander North Dakota's Winter Wonderland
For a short month, February in North Dakota is chock full of fun things to do. Across this northern state, people are celebrating winter’s chill, whether they are outside or in. So, go ahead and join in that game of pond hockey, cross-country ski beautiful and snow-covered state parks, visit an exhibit or learn a new craft. Whatever you are into, there is no shortage of activities this February in North Dakota. For details on these or other events, go to NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.
Sport and Rec Show
Discover new ways to prepare for the coming spring and summer at the Jamestown Sport and Rec Show. It’s an event for the entire family and offers everyone opportunities to learn more about their favorite outdoor activities, from fishing to camping. Visit http://jamestowncalendar.com/; 701-252-4835.
Cabin Fever Days
Gear up to get outside and enjoy this month’s brisk weather and all the activities that come with it. Jamestown’s Parks and Rec Department is hosting Cabin Fever Days again to inspire North Dakotans to embrace and celebrate the cold. Citywide activities include cross-country skiing, sleigh rides, a basketball tournament and more. www.jamestownparksandrec.com/events/?ID=35; 701-252-3982.
Junk Jam Trade and Vendor Show
Join the jam for junk - and other unique treasures – at Bismarck’s Event Center this February. A plethora of booths will showcase upcycled décor and furnishings, artwork, fashion accessories, candles and much more. Visit http://www.ndtourism.com/events/junk-jam-trade-and-vendor-show.
Squirt International Hockey Tournaments
For three weekends this February in Fargo, watch future hockey stars challenge each other on the ice. Teams from around the United States match up and the fun begins. Learn more at http://www.fargohockey.org/page/show/2828085-squirt-international.
Ski and Glow – Riverwood Cross Country Skiing
Gather friends and family and tour Riverwood Golf Course on cross country skis – at night. Bismarck Parks and Rec will light the path with glow sticks and serve free hot apple cider and cookies. Skis are available for rent at the clubhouse. For more information, visit http://www.bisparks.org/ski-and-glow-riverwood-cross-country-skiing-2/.
Feast of Nations
Taste flavors from around the world right in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The Feast of Nations is in its 55th year and the event has grown to be one of the largest multicultural events in the region. Enjoy delicious food and a range of cultural displays. www.feastofnations.und.edu; 701-777-6393
Fort Clark, Stanton
If you want to learn what life was like for early settlers and Native Americans on the Northern Plains, here’s your chance. Snowshoe through Fort Clark historical site and make your way to Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site for food, stories and more. www.history.nd.gov/events/heritageoutbound.html; 701-328-2666
Tony DeSare: Night Life
Looking for a night out on the town? Look no further than the 1919 Lounge at the Empire Theater Company where Tony DeSare will present a post-modern version of 1950s New York City nightclub shows replete with the melodies of Cole Porter and Duke Ellington. The highly-acclaimed pianist and vocalist will also feature the works of Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Willie Nelson, as well as his own compositions. Visit http://www.empireartscenter.com/; 701-746-5500.
The Minot Park District and the Sunrise Rotary Club are bringing Winterfest back for a second year. It’s a day of fun for all ages and includes ice carving, snowman building, tractor rides, snow painting and much (much) more. Link to http://minotparks.com/news/winterfest-2017/ for more information.
Returning for its17th year, Shiverfest is a sure bet for a weekend of fun – albeit chilly – entertainment for the entire family. Dress for the weather and enjoy a Mites hockey tournament, a youth ice fishing tournament, kite flying, a golf course on ice, ice rallycross event, motorcycle show, sleigh rides, a pond hockey tournament and more. Visit www.devilslakend.com; 701-662-4903.
Cardboard Sled Races
Record snowfalls in Bismarck this year and Bismarck Parks and Recreation Department is encouraging locals to appreciate the snow with a cardboard sled race. So, dig out your tape and find some cardboard to compete in the time-honored winter game of sledding! https://www.evensi.us/cardboard-sled-races-tom-o-leary-golf-course/197509646.
For an evening of exhilarating classical and contemporary dance, don’t miss Northern Plains Dance production of Dance+. This mixed repertoire program explores the physical and mental aspects of ballet and incorporates the craft and choreography of local dancers, artists and musicians. Visit http://www.northernplainsdance.org/npdperformance.aspx?Id=3 for more information; 701-530-0986.
Unglued Craft Fest
For a fun-filled day of arts, crafts and all things handmade, head over to the Plains Art Museum for the Unglued Craft Fest. More than 70 carefully curated vendor booths will showcase handmade goods, art and crafts. Check out the free workshops for both kids and adults and enjoy live music and free gallery admission. Learn more about the fun at http://www.ungluedmarket.com/fest/.
Red River Valley Home and Garden Show
Visit the Fargodome to peruse more than 300 vendors to learn about the latest trends and selections of home and garden goods. After all, there’s always a home project waiting to be done and it’s never too early to contemplate yard and garden goals. Visit http://www.hbafm.com/events/home-garden for more information.